Egegik, Alaska

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Alaska Packers Association cannery at Egegik, 1917
Alaska Packers Association cannery at Egegik, 1917
Egegik is located in Alaska
Location in Alaska
Coordinates: 58°13′9″N 157°21′29″W / 58.21917°N 157.35806°W / 58.21917; -157.35806Coordinates: 58°13′9″N 157°21′29″W / 58.21917°N 157.35806°W / 58.21917; -157.35806
CountryUnited States
BoroughLake and Peninsula
 • MayorScovi Deigh
 • State senatorLyman Hoffman (D)
 • State rep.Bryce Edgmon (D)
 • Total134.07 sq mi (347.24 km2)
 • Land33.03 sq mi (85.54 km2)
 • Water101.04 sq mi (261.70 km2)
13 ft (4 m)
 • Total109
 • Estimate 
 • Density0.79/sq mi (0.31/km2)
Time zoneUTC-9 (Alaska (AKST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-8 (AKDT)
ZIP code
Area code907
FIPS code02-21150
GNIS feature ID1401686

Egegik (Igyagiiq in Central Alaskan Yup'ik) is a city in Lake and Peninsula Borough, Alaska, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city is 109, down from 116 in 2000. It has been home to cannery operations.


Egegik Village on the Alaska Peninsula.jpg

Egegik is at 58°13′9″N 157°21′29″W / 58.21917°N 157.35806°W / 58.21917; -157.35806 (58.219292, -157.357989)[5] on the eastern shores of both Bristol Bay and, more locally, of Egegik Bay. The village is on a high bluff along the southern shore of the Egegik River at the upper extent of Egegik Bay.

Dwellings of indigenous people on left and a bidarka (skin covered kayak) on a rack to the right in Egegik, ca. 1917

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has an area of 134.0 square miles (347 km2), of which, 32.8 square miles (85 km2) is land and 101.2 square miles (262 km2) (75.54%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2016106[4]−2.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
Children in Egegik, 1917

Egegik first appeared on the 1880 U.S. Census as the unincorporated Inuit village of Igagik. It appeared again under that name in 1890 and 1900. It returned again in 1920 as Egegik.[7]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 64 people, 44 households, and 2 1/2 families residing in the city. The population density was 3.5 people per square mile (1.4/km²). There were 286 housing units at an average density of 8.7 per square mile (3.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 18.97% White, 57.76% Native American, 0.86% Asian, and 22.41% from two or more races. 6.90% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Native Alaskan fish traps at Egegik, 1917

There were 44 households out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.4% were married couples living together, 2.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 47.7% were non-families. 36.4% of all households were made up of individuals and none had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.74.

In the city, the age distribution of the population shows 32.8% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 35.3% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 3.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 146.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 116.7 males.

Bidarkas on the beach at Egegik, ca. 1917

The median income for a household in the city was $46,000, and the median income for a family was $59,583. Males had a median income of $39,375 versus $40,000 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,352. There were no families and 6.9% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and none of those over 64.


  1. ^ 1996 Alaska Municipal Officials Directory. Juneau: Alaska Municipal League/Alaska Department of Community and Regional Affairs. January 1996. p. 51.
  2. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jun 22, 2017.
  3. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places in Alaska". United States Census Bureau. 2008-07-10. Archived from the original on 2008-09-12. Retrieved 2008-07-14.
  4. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
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  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.